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Becchio (37)
Mata (47)
Ivanovic (64)
Moses (66)
Hazard (81)
Torres (84)

Elland Road

Wed 19 Dec 2012 19:45 (Attendance: 33,816)


One week later than for the rest of the participants, the quarter-final stage arrives for these two sides. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look at fixture that can't help but stir memories…

The squad that travelled to Japan touched down on Monday afternoon and joined the rest of the fit players for training on Tuesday morning. Chelsea's challenge has now ended in four trophies this season without success; four remain to be won, including the Capital One Cup.

This evening's match is the first of six in three different competitions between now and 5 January, when we visit Southampton in the FA Cup. Should the scores be level at Elland Road after 90 minutes, 30 minutes of extra time will be played. If there is still no winner the tie will be decided on penalties.

Chelsea have won the last two shootouts, both in 20111/12, in this competition against Fulham, and over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. The winners enter the semi-final draw alongside Aston Villa, Bradford City and Swansea City which takes place after the match.

Chelsea have prevailed over Leeds on each of the six previous occasions our two sides have met in cup competitions.

Leeds United have been drawn at home in the League Cup for the sixth successive time. Their last campaign ended in a 0-3 defeat at home by Manchester United. This season they have seen off League One Shrewsbury Town, League Two Oxford United, and Everton and Southampton from the Barclays Premier League.

Leeds and their manager Neil Warnock may sense that the Blues are over-ripe for the picking after the fruitless long-haul trip to Japan. But to revisit an era when this special brand of Yorkshire-London enmity evolved, Chelsea felt that way when Tommy Docherty's Diamonds were set to play a semi-final against Liverpool in 1965.

Supposedly weary after a draining trip to Rotterdam to face Cologne in a European Cup quarter-final play-off, Liverpool were widely expect to find fresher Chelsea's pace and dynamism too hot to handle.

Psychologically already at Wembley for the first time, the Blues underperformed and lost. It would be two more years before we made it to the twin towers - by beating Leeds United in the last four.

That was a bitter, bruising encounter that helped create one of the few great rivalries in English football that owes nothing to geography, religion or economic competition.

The mutual contempt grew from familiarity born of a quick concentration of matches that genuinely mattered between 1962 and 1970: top-of-the-table clashes in the First and Second Division, cup semi-finals and finals.

From the controversial 2-2 draw between first and second in January 1965, to the bruising FA Cup final replay at Old Trafford in 1970 - the last of six meetings that season.

1970 Final

Leeds have always directed the most bile across the Pennines to metropolitan Manchester than down the M1. Chelsea would rather put one over Spurs or the Arsenal than knock Yorkshire's pride off its perch. But this pair of rivals remains bound by history.

More usually, these days, it's played out long distance - a chant overheard on television, nothing to do with the opposition faced; or the even now barely concealed loathing when a former player recalls those days.

That is because this is our first encounter in eight years. Symbolically, Chelsea were Leeds' final opponents in the Premier League in 2004 when they were relegated.

The two clubs, who gained promotion together in successive years in the early 1960s, took vastly divergent courses 40 years later. Chelsea's financial worries disappeared and the club set a trajectory towards league titles, domestic cups and becoming champions of Europe.

Leeds were engulfed by debt and dropped to the lowest position in their history - bottom of the third tier - just seven years after beating AC Milan in the Champions League.

They are currently 12th in the Championship, pressing for a play-off place, and about to face a crucial Yorkshire derby against high-flying Middlesbrough on Saturday.

That must be one of the considerations for Neil Warnock, a manager who was interviewed for the Chelsea post in June 1991. 'As time went on,' Colin Hutchinson, then chief executive at Stamford Bridge, later revealed, 'we had reservations. I certainly cooled.'

Hutchinson's boss, Ken Bates, was finally successful in hiring Warnock after becoming owner of the Elland Road club, a tenure he is likely to end this week.

Warnock has won two, drawn one and lost two against the Blues in the dugouts of Notts County, Sheffield United and QPR. Leeds' technical director, Gwyn Williams, was for many years a highly successful manager of Chelsea's youth set-up among other roles at the club.

The draw for the Europa League Rounds of 32 and 16 will be made on Thursday 20 December from 1pm. Chelsea are one of the 16 seeded sides for the last 32 and will be drawn first in a tie, playing the second leg at home. The Blues cannot be matched with any club from the same association - Newcastle or Spurs in the case of the non-seeds - in the Round of 32.

There are no seeds, orders of drawing, or association restrictions in the Round of 16 draw.

Chelsea's possible opponents in the Round of 32 are: Anzhi Makhachkala (Russia), Atlético Madrid (Spain), Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany), Stuttgart (Germany), Napoli (Italy), Basel (Switzerland), Internazionale (Italy), Sparta Prague (Czech Republic), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), Levante (Spain), Zenit St Petersburg (Russia), BATE Borisov (Belarus), Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Ajax (Netherlands).

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Chelsea aim to make Premier League class count in this postponed Capital One Cup quarter-final, while Leeds may set a bigger priority on promotion from the Championship.

Key battles
On a night interim manager Rafael Benítez says will be for strong characters and leaders of men on the pitch, Chelsea's foremost example, John Terry, is ruled out through injury.

With Gary Cahill suspended as a result of his red card in the FIFA Club World Cup final it seems likely Branislav Ivanovic will drop back into the centre of defence with César Azpilicueta retaining his place from the 5-4 win over Manchester United in this competition. They will most likely have to deal with 28-year-old Argentinean target man Luciano Becchio, with El-Hadj Diouf tucking in behind. Striker Ross McCormack returned from injury recently but was used sparingly in the last few games, and not at all against Ipswich. McCormack, Roger Tonge and Diouf tend to handle their set-plays.

Chelsea's defensive lapses in recent games will have encouraged the forwards at Elland Road, and this will naturally be one of the crucial battlegrounds of the game. The 31-year-old Senegalese Diouf (pictured below) is an aggressive, bustling kind of player who will feed off the crowd's energy. He has previously faced the Blues 14 times with four different clubs, and been on the winning side once, in January 2004.

Ivanovic Diouf

Midfield regulars John Mikel Obi and Ramires are indisposed through suspension, while Oriol Romeu has a long-term injury. On the positive side Frank Lampard played his first 90 minutes for two and a half months on Sunday in the Club World Cup final and looked sharp.

The Capital One Cup is suddenly higher among Chelsea's priorities and Lampard's experience, leadership and winning mentality will be vital tonight. Juan Mata reported that the Londoner has been educating his teammates from overseas on the history of the rivalry between Chelsea and Leeds.

Much of this Leeds side are young, technical players who have often been low on confidence this season - except in this competition, where they have twice beaten second-string Premier League sides.

United manager Neil Warnock frequently tinkers with his line-ups, generally retaining the 4-4-1-1 shape, and may rest some players from this match. Former Pompey keeper Jamie Ashdown has played the majority of games in this competition so far, not Paddy Kenny.

Winger Jerome Thomas (on loan from West Bromwich Albion) was impressive in the weekend win over Ipswich but may play a part of this game with a key match against Middlesbrough ahead. He has only just returned from injury. Warnock said in his press conference that he would not play his full team.

Some choices will not be down to him. Left back Alan Tate, another loanee, from Swansea, is cup-tied. The participation of several regulars is also in doubt through injury, including versatile captain Lee Peltier and Jamaican midfielder Rodolph Austin.

The participation of the Whites' hard-working holding player could determine how well they deal with whichever of the 'three amigos' plays behind the front man in Rafael Benítez's 4-2-3-1 formation.

Daniel Sturridge is fit so offers an alternative to Fernando Torres, unless the manager wishes to try Victor Moses as a striker. The Nigerian may be better suited to causing trouble down Leeds' left side, and Warnock has no settled full-back there. He will also be concerned about the threat from Eden Hazard, who has been unstoppable in spells.

Given the magnitude of the match Benítez may select Petr Cech over Ross Turnbull. Young wide midfielder Lucas Piazon has started both games in this tournament to date, as has left-back Ryan Bertrand. Tall central midfielder George Saville, 19, and flexible 17-year-old defender Nathan Ake, have impressed enough in the past few weeks to train with the first team.

Squad fitness news
Just John Terry and Oriol Romeu, both knee injuries, are out for the Blues.

For Leeds, goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown is a doubt but Jerome Thomas and Lee Peltier hope to pass fitness tests. Rodolph Austin, Davide Somma, Leigh Bromby and Ramon Nunez are out.

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There is almost too much history between our two clubs. The standout encounter is the 1970 FA Cup final replay at Old Trafford, which still holds the record for the highest TV audience for a club football match of 18.5m.

The drama is well covered elsewhere, but the images of cocky, glamorous Chelsea and dour, professional Leeds were carved into football's ancient oak that evening in Manchester. Chelsea won with a last gasp goal from David Webb, off his cheek, after Jack Charlton could only flick on Ian Hutchinson's long throw.

Webb was handed his winner's medal in the dressing room by Brian Clough; he had been denied access to the award ceremony because he had traded shirts and was wearing the white of Leeds.

In 1984 manager Eddie Gray declared Leeds arrived at Stamford Bridge to prevent Chelsea from returning to the top flight as the top side in Division Two. 'For the honour of Yorkshire football,' he said, 'we want to see Sheffield Wednesday promoted as champions.' That honour lay in tatters by 5pm.

At half time chairman Ken Bates came on the pitch to request over-excited fans not to invade the pitch again - it had happened even before kick-off - until the end of the match.

It was already 3-0 by then. Pat Nevin was ghosting through the Leeds side and each Chelsea goal was marked by youngsters running onto the field. Opening goalscorer was Mickey Thomas (pictured below), Kerry Dixon went on to net a hat-trick. Late substitute Paul Canoville made it 5-0.

Going up!

Today Chelsea and Leeds meet in a cup competition, including replays, for the 12th occasion, including the 1970 FA Cup final and replay at Old Trafford.

Chelsea and Leeds have crossed swords twice before in the League Cup: in 1969/70 and most recently in 2001/02 when we won 2-0. Frank Lampard was playing his 17th game for the club.

That victory was our only one in our last five visits to Elland Road. Leeds have won two and there have been two draws. Our last visit was in December 2003 in the Premier League. Jermaine Pennant and Damien Duff secured a 1-1 draw. Both John Terry and Frank Lampard started for the Blues.

In all competitions, Chelsea have only won six times at Elland Road in 48 attempts.

Previous League Cup meetings
3rd round, 24 September 1969
Leeds..……...…………….1 Chelsea……………...1
Madeley                                  Birchenall
                   Att: 21,933

3rd round replay, 6 October 1969

Chelsea..…...…………….2 Leeds..…………..…..1
                 Att: 38,485



Other cup meetings (all FA Cup)

1936/37 - 3rd round Stamford Bridge - Chelsea won 4-0

1951/52 - 5th round Elland Road - Drew 1-1
Replay - Stamford Bridge - Drew 1-1*
Second replay - Villa Park - Chelsea won 5-1

1965/66- 4th round Stamford Bridge - Chelsea won 1-0

1966/67 - Semi-final Villa Park - Chelsea won 1-0

1969/70 - Final Wembley - Drew 2-2*
Replay - Old Trafford - Chelsea won 2-1*

* after extra time

Chelsea v Leeds in all competitions
Games played  101
Chelsea wins 33
Leeds wins 39
Draws 29

Biggest win at Elland Road for each team
Leeds 0-2 Chelsea - 24/09/1988 (Div 2), 28/11/2001 (League Cup)
Leeds 7-0 Chelsea - 07/10/1967

Visit again at lunchtime for Part Two of the briefing.

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Chelsea in the League Cup
Winners: 1965, 1998, 2005, 2007
Runners-up: 1972, 2008
Semi-finalists: 1973, 1985, 1991, 2002

Last 10 seasons in the League Cup
2001/02 - Semi-final
2002/03 - Quarter-final
2003/04 - Quarter-final
2004/05 - Winners
2005/06 - 3rd round
2006/07 - Winners
2007/08 - Runners-up
2008/09 - 4th round
2009/10 - Quarter-final
2010/11 - 3rd round
2011/12 - Quarter-final

Kerry Dixon is our leading scorer in the League Cup with 25 goals followed by Frank Lampard 11, Peter Osgood and Bobby Tambling 10 and Didier Drogba nine.

Last season the Blues went out of the League Cup at the quarter final stage to Liverpool 0-2.

Chelsea have won three of our last five penalty shoot-outs, the last being at the Allianz Arena for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.


Last six results
Nov 28 Fulham (h) D 0-0
Dec 1 West Ham (a) L 1-3
Dec 5 FC Nordsjaelland (Champions League h) W 6-1
Dec 8 Sunderland (a) W 3-1
Dec 13 Monterrey (Club World Cup SF, Japan) W 3-1
Dec 16 Corinthians (Club World Cup final, Japan) L 0-1

2012/13 scorers
Torres 12 (1 pen), Mata 11, Cahill 6, Oscar 5, E Hazard 4 (2 pens), Ivanovic 3, Lampard 3 (2 pens), D Luiz 3 (2 pens), Moses 3, Ramires 3, Bertrand 2, Sturridge 2, Cole 1, Romeu 1 (pen), Terry 1, own goal 1. Total 61.

Congratulations to Gary Cahill who celebrates his 27th birthday today (Wednesday) and Ashley Cole who turns 32 on Thursday.

Leeds in the League Cup
Winners: 1967/68
Runners-up: 1995/96
Semi-finalists: 1977/78, 1978/79, 1990/91
Quarter-finalists: 1991/92

This season's League Cup campaign
Aug 11 (1) Shrewsbury (h) W 4-0
Aug 28 (2) Oxford United (h) W 3-0
Sep 25 (3) Everton (h) W 2-1
Oct 30 (4) Southampton (h) W 3-0

League Cup scorers: Austin 2, Becchio 2 (1 pen), Byram 1, Diouf 1, Lees 1, McCormack 1 (pen), Norris 1, Tonge 1, Varney 1, White 1. Total 12.

This is Leeds best season in the League Cup for 17 years.

Leeds have won four of their last five matches

Last 10 seasons in the League Cup
2002/03 - 3rd round
2003/04 - 3rd round
2004/05 - 3rd round
2005/06 - 3rd round
2006/07 - 3rd round
2007/08 - 2nd round
2008/09 - 4th round
2009/10 - 3rd round
2010/11 - 2nd round
2011/12 - 3rd round

Manager Neil Warnock
Days in charge: 303
Played 40
Won 16
Drawn 9
Lost 15



Last six results
Nov 18 Millwall (a) L 0-1
Nov 24 Crystal Palace (h) W 2-1
Nov 27 Leicester (h) W 1-0
Dec 1 Huddersfield (a) W 4-2
Dec 8 Derby (a) L 1-3
Dec 15 Ipswich (h) W 2-0


2012/13 Championship scorers
Becchio 12 (4 pens), Diouf 4 (1 pen), Tonge 4 (1 pen), Green 3, Norris 2, Austin 1, Brown 1, Bryam 1, Gray 1, Lees 1, McCormack 1, Poleon 1, Thomas 1. Total 33

2012/13 Championship table
Pld Gd Pts
1 Cardiff 22 15 44
2 Crystal Palace 22 15 42
3 Middlesbrough 22 10 41
4 Hull 22 7 41
5 Leicester 22 16 37
6 Millwall 22 5 36
7 Watford 22 8 34
8 Brighton 22 8 33
9 Nottingham For 22 4 33
10 Derby 22 3 33
11 Blackpool 22 8 32
12 Leeds 22 -2 32

Tonight's referee is André Marriner. Chelsea have won two of the last nine matches with him in charge. This is his first Leeds match since a 1-3 home FA Cup defeat in February 2010.

Gary Cahill, John Mikel Obi and Ramires are suspended.

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Leeds v Chelsea

Leeds United

  • 12
    Jamie Ashdown
  • 25
    Sam Byram
  • 4
    Tom Lees
  • 5
    Jason Pearce
  • 2
    Lee Peltier
  • 7
    Paul Green
  • 17
    Michael Brown Substitution
  • 18
    Michael Tonge
  • 9
    Jerome Thomas Substitution
  • 21
    El-Hadji Diouf Substitution
  • 10
    Luciano Becchio


  • 20
    Andy Gray
  • 14
    Aidan White Substitution
  • 28
    Davide Somma
  • 19
    David Norris Substitution
  • 1
    Patrick Kenny
  • 11
    Luke Varney
  • 44
    Ross McCormack Substitution
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 34
    Substitution Ryan Bertrand
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar
  • 21
    Substitution Marko Marin
  • 10
    Substitution Juan Mata
  • 13
    Victor Moses
  • 9
    Fernando Torres


  • 57
    Nathan Ake
  • 56
    George Saville
  • 17
    Substitution Eden Hazard
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 19
    Substitution Paulo Ferreira
  • 35
    Lucas Piazon
  • 3
    Substitution Ashley Cole


Leeds United vs Chelsea Highlights

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Leeds 1-5 Chelsea
Match Highlights from Elland Road
10:25 min



Five second-half goals made it a night to remember as we booked our place in the last four of the Capital One Cup, despite trailing at half-time.

Championship Leeds, who we had not faced in nine years, took the lead through a first-half Luciano Becchio strike, but Chelsea hit back within a minute of the restart when Juan Mata curled home, and we went in front shortly after the hour thanks to a Branislav Ivanovic header.

A minute later and Victor Moses looked to have made the game safe with a low drive, and further goals from substitute Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres put the gloss on a memorable night for Chelsea supporters.

Team news

Rafael Benitez was without the suspended Ramires and Gary Cahill, while John Terry and Daniel Sturridge were still not ready for match action.

Marko Marin was included for his first Chelsea start on the right wing, with Hazard rested, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Oscar replaced the banned pair, with Ivanovic switching to centre-back. Ryan Bertrand was in for Ashley Cole at left-back.

Leeds included ex-Premier League regulars El-Hadji Diouf, Michael Tonge, Michael Brown and Jerome Thomas in their line-up, with manager Neil Warnock opting for a 4-4-2 shape.

First half

Leeds, as expected, began the game with a high tempo, and were full of hustle and bustle, but it was Chelsea who forced the game's first chance, when Brown misplaced a sideways pass and Mata stole in, slipping Victor Moses in. The Nigerian shot first time towards the near post, and Jamie Ashdown padded behind.

Brown, the former Tottenham and Fulham midfielder, has lost none of his fighting spirit, which borders on the rash, but Chelsea were giving as good as we got, and Lampard, the only player involved the last side these two teams met back in 2004, was the game's first yellow card for a hefty challenge on Diouf.

Petr Cech had to be quick off his line after an Ivanovic backpass fell short, and shortly afterwards Jason Pearce headed wide from an inviting Diouf free-kick before Moses brought another save from Ashdown.

On 25 minutes Mata danced around his man inside the area and curled towards the target, a likely goal denied by a brave block from Pearce.

Chelsea had the upper hand in possession but determination was serving Leeds well, and when the Blues did give the ball away, the home side looked threatening on the break.

It was exactly through this route that they took the lead. In characteristic fashion, David Luiz attacked, but when trying to pick his pass only dinked it to the first Leedsman, and within 15 seconds we were behind, as the ball was spread wide to Thomas, and he squared across goal, to where there was a space in defence, for Becchio to power into the bottom corner.

Chelsea responded and Moses saw a strike ruled out for offside, but at the other end Tom Lees headed narrowly over after Azpilicueta had been pressured into clearing behind for a Leeds corner.

In injury time, a Lampard free-kick dipped and bent in front of Ashdown, but the goalkeeper produced a decent one-handed save to ensure his side would go in one up at the break.

Second half

Chelsea needed to quickly get back into the game, and were level within a minute as Mata curled home from the edge of the box, aided by some poor goalkeeping from Ashdown, after Torres and Moses had combined to good effect.

It was the perfect start to the second half, but Leeds almost went back in front, only a strong defensive header from Ryan Bertrand denying a simple nod home for Becchio, but we were back on level terms and now had something to build on in the remaining time.

Torres headed on target from Azpilicueta's cross as the Blues began to get on top, but Benitez still opted to change, withdrawing Marin, who was tidy if ineffective on his full debut, and introducing Hazard.

From distance Lampard brought another save from Ashdown, with spaces beginning to show in the middle of the pitch.

It was from out wide that we would kill the game though, with two goals in a little over 60 seconds.

First, a Lampard corner was headed home at the near post by Ivanovic to give us an advantage, and a minute later, with 25 to go, Victor Moses lashed home from the edge of the box after he cut inside from Mata's feed.

Suddenly a game that had looked, while under our control, to be in the balance, had been won. Players that looked vulnerable to the home side's physicality looked menacing on the counter, and you sensed more goals could follow.

Hazard stung Ashdown's palms with a powerful drive and Oscar shot straight, either side of Bertrand hobbling off with a problem, to be replaced by Cole.

Having had to absorb some pressure, we were on the attack again, and when David Luiz split the Leeds defence with a well-measured pass for Hazard, the Belgian controlled and slotted home past Ashdown to put the tie to bed.

More fun was to follow however, as Torres grabbed his goal for the evening after Lampard's fierce shot was parried out to Hazard, who showed composure by squaring to the unmarked Spaniard to tap home.

We now head into the semi-finals, with the draw imminent, and have set about bouncing back from World Club Cup disappointment. Next up, an improving Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on SUnday

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Bertrand (Cole 74); Lampard (c), Oscar; Marin (Hazard 60), Mata (Ferreira 85), Moses; Torres.
Unused substitutes: Turnbull, Ake, Saville, Piazon.
Goals Mata 46, Ivanovic 64, Moses 66, Hazard 80, Torres 83
Lampard 14, Bertrand 69

Leeds United (4-4-2):
Ashdown; Byram, Lees, Pearce, Peltier (c); Green, Brown (Norris 72), Tonge, Thomas (White 68); Becchio, Diouf (McCormack 72).
Unused substitutes: Kenny, Gray, Somma, Varney.
Goals Becchio 36

Referee Andre Marriner

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